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Nun spells out Australia's landmines obligations

Australia risks breaking humanitarian laws if it helps its allies unleash landmines as part of a joint attack against Iraq, according to Mercy Sister Patricia Pak Poy of the Australian Network of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

The Catholic Leader reports that Sr Pak Poy, who is the campaign's national director, said that, unlike the US or Iraq, Australia is a signatory to the Ottawa Convention which prohibits the use, production, stockpiling or transfer of anti-personnel mines.

The UN deployed about 27,000 anti-personnel mines during the 1991 Gulf War.

Sr Pak Poy's comments followed reports that the US has stoacks of landmines in countries neighbouring Iraq.

A spokesperson for Australian Defence Minister Senator Robert Hill, said Australian troops would not be involved in any action where landmines would be used.

Catholic Leader

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10 Mar 2003